Strengthens cloud-based offerings, mapping and geoanalytics capabilities, smart visualizations, advanced analytics integration, and data preparation
Qlik®, a leader in visual analytics, today previewed Qlik Sense® June 2017, the newest release of its next-generation application for self-service business intelligence (BI) and visual analytics. Built on a fully integrated, cloud-ready platform, and powered by the patented QIX Associative Indexing Engine, Qlik Sense combines enterprise readiness and governance with intuitive visualization and exploration, advanced analytics, and self-service data preparation capabilities. This breadth and depth allows organizations to meet the broadest range of BI use cases from a single platform leading to consistent, data-driven decision making. At its Qonnections 2017 customer and partner event, Qlik previewed functionality highlighting how the Company will advance its analytics portfolio to drive greater insight from all data, on premise and in the cloud, while augmenting the intelligence of users across the enterprise.
“Qlik pioneered the category for user-driven, governed self-service BI. With Qlik Sense, we continue to expand the market by creating a scalable, secure, and cloud-ready platform that organizations can consider the centerpiece of their enterprise-wide BI deployment,” said Anthony Deighton, Qlik CTO and SVP of Products. “Our platform approach allows us to address a breadth of use cases with more depth than other offerings. The openness of the underlying platform expands opportunities for custom analytics apps, embedded BI, and developer innovation leveraging new technologies like artificial intelligence and natural language generation.”
Building Towards Seamless Hybrid Cloud Analytics
As more and more data is born in the cloud, an increasing number of customers are also choosing to embrace visual analytics via the cloud. With more than 100,000 users visualizing data with Qlik Sense® Cloud and Qlik Sense® Cloud Business, groups and businesses can create, manage and share analytics in the cloud, and access the power of the Associative Difference via an easy-to-adopt, subscription-based service. In addition, by leveraging managed cloud offerings through partners, and online marketplaces including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, Qlik is committed to making it easier and faster for enterprises to deploy and manage Qlik Sense in the Cloud – on the customers’ terms.
During Qonnections 2017, Qlik executives laid out the roadmap to seamlessly connect on-premise deployments of Qlik Sense Enterprise, with cloud-based services, creating an environment for supporting customers’ evolving needs and choice. To achieve this, Qlik is making investments in its core infrastructure to support the customers’ ability to choose where the data resides, where the analysis happens, and where and with what device users want to access it.
“We architected Qlik Sense and the Qlik Analytics Platform to be cloud ready, and now we’ve embraced a micro-services architecture that will enable seamless spanning of data and analysis across infrastructure boundaries,” said Mike Potter, SVP of Engineering at Qlik. “This is about customer choice and flexibility, unprecedented scalability, and achieving significant cost efficiencies for our customer base.”
As another proof point in its roadmap to Hybrid Cloud Analytics, Qlik now offers several new client options for use with Qlik Sense Enterprise and Qlik Sense Cloud. Qlik Sense Mobile is a new, native app for Apple iOS, which supports the full associative model when offline, with the QIX engine running locally on the device, and integrates with EMM products such as AirWatch, MobileIron, and Blackberry. In addition, Qlik Sense Desktop is now offered as a supported client when used in Qlik Sense Enterprise environments. These options provide more flexibility for customers and help bring visual analytics directly to the point of decision.
Because people do not make decisions alone, value-added services like Qlik Connectors will always be an important part of the Qlik Cloud strategy. As such, Qlik is including Qlik Connectors in Qlik Sense Cloud Business for seamless access to REST sources, Google Analytics, Facebook and Twitter, with enhanced support for tabular sources such as CSVs and Excel files and connectivity and automated refresh capabilities. Additional connectivity is rapidly being added, including SQL Server via ODBC for on-premise data, followed by cloud-based file storage services such as Dropbox and Box.com.
Qlik’s cloud first, continuous release cycle delivers feature enhancement to Qlik Sense Cloud as soon as they are ready. Therefore, several of the Qlik Sense June 2017 app creation, visual analysis, and data prep features are immediately available in Qlik Sense Cloud. Users are encouraged to log into their free Qlik Sense Cloud account now to experience the new capabilities.
Best-in-Class Enhancements Make App Creation and Data Prep More Intuitive
Qlik Sense now includes several new visualization types, including a Box Plot, Distribution Chart, and Histogram that will empower users to make better sense of their data. Users will also be able to apply custom coloring to particular data values within master dimensions, providing consistency across an entire application. In addition, search history now makes it easier than ever to go back to previous analyses.
Qlik Sense also offers improved smart data preparation capabilities for business users to load, transform, and enrich their data without the need for complex scripting.
- Visual data profilingassists users in understanding their data as they load it into Qlik Sense, including auto-generated visual representations of the data through histograms and other visualizations. This greatly speeds up the ability for users to get to the point of analysis with new information.
- Data binning enables users to easily create data ‘bins’ or groups of numeric data, allows for easier analysis with granular numeric data. For example, users can now easily bin data into groups such as small, medium, and large.
- Table concatenation allows users to easily concatenate tables even if they do not have the same fields and field names. Now customers and partners can bring tables from two companies together even if they do not store data the same way.
Finally, Qlik Connectors™ now provides connectivity to hundreds of data sources, including file-based sources such as Excel® and XML, enterprise sources such as Oracle®, SAP, and ODBC databases, web-based sources such as Salesforce.com, and big data sources including Teradata, Cloudera, and others. In addition, connectors to Salesforce.com and SAP HANA have been enhanced by offering improved performance. Qlik Web Connectors have grown to include more than 40 to popular web applications and services such as Bit.ly, Google® Search Console, Google® AdWords™, Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM, and more.
Expanded Enterprise Capabilities Empower Associative Search Experience for Big Data
Qlik’s big data capabilities have been enhanced to include On Demand App Generation templates built directly into Qlik Sense, enabling users to navigate big data sources using associative search to discover areas for detailed analysis. On Demand App Generation empowers the user to automatically generate a purpose-built analysis app every time they select a slice of a very large data source. Now, self-service users can get up and running with big data easier and faster.
Advanced Analytics Integration, GeoAnalytics Strengthen Qlik Platform Offerings
Through its open APIs, Qlik now offers integration with best-in-class natural language generation and processing, advanced predictive analytics, and an immersive experience including augmented intelligence. New advanced predictive analytics integration capability allows for direct data exchange between the QIX engine and third-party calculation engines. Qlik has released integrations using this interface for R and Python. This allows for advanced calculations from external tools to be visualized within Qlik Sense, in real-time as the user explores. With this capability, users can combine the power of Qlik’s Associative Model with advanced analytics to better support use cases such as fraud detection, sales forecasting, and inventory management.
With the newest edition to the Qlik portfolio – Qlik GeoAnalytics™ — both Qlik Sense and QlikView® users can easily add maps to their apps with automatic geo-data lookup to reveal crucial spatial information and then overlay them with different visualizations to see the whole story in their data. Users can not only seamlessly drill down into information dense maps that contain millions of points, but also use Qlik GeoAnalytics cloud-based service to analyze geo-data in combination with non-geo data for use cases such as determining potential store locations or calculating supply chain delivery times. Several geospatial and mapping improvements have been made, such as supporting shapes, drill down, multi-layer maps, and increased data density.
“With our industry-leading global partner network at the ready to bring these solutions to market and our rapidly growing community of developers, we’ve hit an exciting point in the next phase of industry leadership, extending beyond visual analytics,” continued Deighton.
Sunak to use budget to expand apprenticeships in England
LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce more funding for apprenticeships in England when he unveils his budget next week, the government said on Friday.
Employers taking part in the Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme will from April 1 receive 3,000 pounds ($4,179) for each apprentice hired, regardless of age – an increase on current grants of between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds depending on age.
The scheme will extended by six months until the end of September, the finance ministry said.
Sunak will also announce an extra 126 million pounds for traineeships for up to 43,000 placements.
Sunak’s March 3 budget will likely include a new round of spending to prop up the economy during what he hopes will be the last phase of lockdown, but he will also probably signal tax rises ahead to plug the huge hole in the public finances.
Sunak is also expected to announce a “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme, whereby apprentices can join an agency and work for multiple employers in one sector, the finance ministry said.
“We know there’s more to do and it’s vital this continues throughout the next stage of our recovery, which is why I’m boosting support for these programmes, helping jobseekers and employers alike,” Sunak said in a statement.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken)
UK seeks G7 consensus on digital competition after Facebook blackout
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is seeking to build a consensus among G7 nations on how to stop large technology companies exploiting their dominance, warning that there can be no repeat of Facebook’s one-week media blackout in Australia.
Facebook’s row with the Australian government over payment for local news, although now resolved, has increased international focus on the power wielded by tech corporations.
“We will hold these companies to account and bridge the gap between what they say they do and what happens in practice,” Britain’s digital minister Oliver Dowden said on Friday.
“We will prevent these firms from exploiting their dominance to the detriment of people and the businesses that rely on them.”
Dowden said recent events had strengthened his view that digital markets did not currently function properly.
He spoke after a meeting with Facebook’s Vice-President for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, a former British deputy prime minister.
“I put these concerns to Facebook and set out our interest in levelling the playing field to enable proper commercial relationships to be formed. We must avoid such nuclear options being taken again,” Dowden said in a statement.
Facebook said in a statement that the call had been constructive, and that it had already struck commercial deals with most major publishers in Britain.
“Nick strongly agreed with the Secretary of Stateâ€™s (Dowden’s) assertion that the governmentâ€™s general preference is for companies to enter freely into proper commercial relationships with each other,” a Facebook spokesman said.
Britain will host a meeting of G7 leaders in June.
It is seeking to build consensus there for coordinated action toward “promoting competitive, innovative digital markets while protecting the free speech and journalism that underpin our democracy and precious liberties,” Dowden said.
The G7 comprises the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Canada, but Australia has also been invited.
Britain is working on a new competition regime aimed at giving consumers more control over their data, and introducing legislation that could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of illegal or extremist content and bullying.
(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones and John Stonestreet)
Britain to offer fast-track visas to bolster fintechs after Brexit
By Huw Jones
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would offer a fast-track visa scheme for jobs at high-growth companies after a government-backed review warned that financial technology firms will struggle with Brexit and tougher competition for global talent.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak said that now Britain has left the European Union, it wants to make sure its immigration system helps businesses attract the best hires.
“This new fast-track scale-up stream will make it easier for fintech firms to recruit innovators and job creators, who will help them grow,” Sunak said in a statement.
Over 40% of fintech staff in Britain come from overseas, and the new visa scheme, open to migrants with job offers at high-growth firms that are scaling up, will start in March 2022.
Brexit cut fintechs’ access to the EU single market and made it far harder to employ staff from the bloc, leaving Britain less attractive for the industry.
The review published on Friday and headed by Ron Kalifa, former CEO of payments fintech Worldpay, set out a “strategy and delivery model” that also includes a new 1 billion pound ($1.39 billion) start-up fund.
“It’s about underpinning financial services and our place in the world, and bringing innovation into mainstream banking,” Kalifa told Reuters.
Britain has a 10% share of the global fintech market, generating 11 billion pounds ($15.6 billion) in revenue.
The review said Brexit, heavy investment in fintech by Australia, Canada and Singapore, and the need to be nimbler as COVID-19 accelerates digitalisation of finance, all mean the sector’s future in Britain is not assured.
It also recommends more flexible listing rules for fintechs to catch up with New York.
“We recognise the need to make the UK attractive a more attractive location for IPOs,” said Britain’s financial services minister John Glen, adding that a separate review on listings rules would be published shortly.
“Those findings, along with Ron’s report today, should provide an excellent evidence base for further reform.”
Britain pioneered “sandboxes” to allow fintechs to test products on real consumers under supervision, and the review says regulators should move to the next stage and set up “scale-boxes” to help fintechs navigate red tape to grow.
“It’s a question of knowing who to call when there’s a problem,” said Kay Swinburne, vice chair of financial services at consultants KPMG and a contributor to the review.
A UK fintech wanting to serve EU clients would have to open a hub in the bloc, an expensive undertaking for a start-up.
“Leaving the EU and access to the single market going away is a big deal, so the UK has to do something significant to make fintechs stay here,” Swinburne said.
The review seeks to join the dots on fintech policy across government departments and regulators, and marshal private sector efforts under a new Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT).
“There is no framework but bits of individual policies, and nowhere does it come together,” said Rachel Kent, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells and contributor to the review.
($1 = 0.7064 pounds)
(Reporting by Huw Jones; editing by Jane Merriman and John Stonestreet)
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